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By Dario Martinelli

A severe better half of zoosemiotics is the 1st try and systematise the research of animal verbal exchange and signification via its most vital and/or challenging phrases and ideas, and its such a lot consultant students. it's a better half, in that it makes an attempt to hide the complete diversity of key phrases within the box, and it's severe, in that it goals not just to explain, but in addition to debate, problematise and, from time to time, unravel, those phrases.

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The truth is, human sciences are nearly as important as the biological ones, at least in the development of specific areas of inquiry of the zoosemiotic field. As always, everything departs from philosophy, for at least three reasons: (1) Historical: the fact that zoosemiotics was born in 1963 does not mean that the interest in animal semiosis dates back to that year. Questions that are relevant for both the etho- and anthro-zoosemiotic areas have been raised regularly since the dawn of philosophical thinking (a schematic summary will be provided later).

In taxonomy, before reaching Life, one needs approximately 9 steps: Species, Genus, Family, Order, Class, Phylum, Kingdom, Domain, and finally Life. , the first step. That raises the question: What is exactly biosemiotics? Is there such a thing as one biosemiotics? ). Etcetera. Is it really so that talking about mushrooms has to happen in the same context where the next paper is about subjectivity, the one after that is about wild geese, and the previous was about the origins of the universe? Why not a paper on Paul McCartney, then?

What is a zoosemiotician supposed to know about these things? After all, a paper on Snoopy is still more pertinent for him/her. Of course there is profound and absolute respect for these topics, and even more for the people who deal with them. It may be difficult to follow what they talk about, but it all looks very clever. No, the problem is different: is it acceptable to feel so lost in this huge galaxy of topics? Biosemiotics seems to deal with all kinds of things, and all sizes: from the infinitely small (DNA, for one) to the infinitely big (the Chosmos).

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